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Setting the future for the cashew sector in ACP countries

Cotonou, Benin, 25 September 2017/ ACP: The ACP Group reaffirmed its commitment to developing cashew as a key commodity for several member states, at the 11th African Cashew Alliance (ACA) Annual Cashew Conference held in Cotonou, Benin from 18th to 21st September.
 

Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors welcomes UN-EU initiative to stamp out violence against women and girls

New York, 22 September 2017/ ACP: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States lent its support to a major UN-EU initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWG), launched on Wednesday, 20 September in the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Opening of the 5th ACP Meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Nassau, The Bahamas, 20 September 2017/ ACP: The 5th meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture was formally opened today by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dr. The Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Melia Hotel Convention Centre, in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas.

Opening remarks by the ACP Secretary General at the 5th ACP Meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 20 September 2017, Nassau, The Bahamas

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I join in extending a welcome to Ministers and Heads of Delegation to this our 5th Meeting on Fisheries & Aquaculture. It is with deep sadness that I make reference to the loss of life and devastating damage to property in the wake of recent and current hurricanes in their destructive paths and convey condolences to the Governments and peoples so affected.

Officials take stock of shared ACP strategy for fisheries

Nassau, The Bahamas, 19 September 2017/ ACP: Senior government officials from 55 fish-exporting countries in the ACP Group wrapped up two full days of deliberations today, devoted to assessing the ACP Strategic Plan of Action for fisheries and aquaculture, and discussing joint approaches to boost these sectors in a sustainable manner.

ACP-OECD seek joint solutions to finance SDGs in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Brussels, 15 September/ ACP: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires formidable financial means to win the fight against poverty and inequality in the world. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to reach, African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are faced with the critical challenge of how to raise enough resources to realise these ambitions.

Senegal assumes chairmanship of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: The Ambassador of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Amadou Diop will preside over the Committee of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors in Brussels for the period 1 August 2017 – 31 January 2018.

In a hand-over ceremony today, Ambassador Diop thanked the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Teshome Toga Chanaka of Ethiopia for his leadership during the previous six months. He welcomed the new members of the Bureau of the Committee of Ambassadors, which also held its first meeting today at the ACP Secretariat headquarters.

Fisheries in Africa, Caribbean & Pacific - Immense opportunity, critical challenges

Op-ed by Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Assisant Secretary General for Sustainable Economic Development and Trade

Brussels, 12 September 2017/ ACP: Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average.

ACP Secretary General urges better ocean governance through Pacific maritime domain awareness

Apia, Samoa, 8 September 2017/ ACP: A robust surveillance system to monitor activities in Pacific countries’ territorial waters is not only a key security issue, it is an essential sustainable development concern.   

Speaking to leaders and high level representatives of the region, the Secretary General of the ACP Group of States Dr. Patrick Gomes welcomed Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) as a response strategy and a “precondition” to improved ocean governance.

ACP ministers to address critical development of fisheries sector

Brussels, 6 September 2017/ ACP: A major gathering of ministers and senior government officials from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands will take place in the Bahamas on 18-21 September. With up to USD 5.3 billion worth of fish exports entering the international market each year from these regions, the meeting seeks to reinforce shared commitments to improve governance and boost development of fisheries and aquaculture resources.


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